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Sweden need everything to go right, concedes Dahlin

SoccerNews in World Cup 16 Oct 2012


Martin Dahlin is adamant that Sweden are more than capable of upsetting Germany in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

But the former Sweden international accepts that Joachim Loew’s side will need to have a bad day at the office to lose the match.

The Euro 2012 semi-finalists have triumphed in all three of their World Cup 2014 qualifiers to date, including a 6-1 demolition of Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

However, Sweden also boast a 100 percent record heading into the clash in Berlin and the ex-Borussia Moenchengladbach striker feels the match could go either way depending on the circumstances.

“Do Sweden have a chance? Yes, but they’d need to have a very good day,” he told

“If Germany don’t play at 100 percent that day, Sweden can get at least a point. Germany are world-class so naturally they are favourites.

“I think the Germans are undergoing a period of transition. These phases aren’t always easy, but that’s normal.”

Dahlin admitted that he was eagerly awaiting the fixture due to his time previously spent in the Bundesliga and revealed he could make a rare trip to the country as a spectator at the Olympic Stadium.

“A special game? Yes, of course. I played in Germany for seven years and always felt good. Maybe I’ll be watching the game in the stadium,” he said.

“I’m rarely in Germany now because of business, but I still have a few friends with whom I talk regularly. Otherwise, I speak to the chiefs of Bundesliga clubs about possible transfers for my players.”

Gladbach have been in poor form this season, despite securing a fourth-placed finish last term, but the one-time Blackburn and Roma ace is confident that his former team can turn things around.

“Over the past year, there have been many surprises in football,” Dahlin said. “Many opponents now know what to expect from Gladbach. And it’s not easy to replace Marco Reus.

“Nonetheless I’m sure the team will improve with time and climb back up the table. (European qualification) will be hard, but Gladbach will finish in the top 10.”

Lucien Favre replaced Reus with Netherlands international Luuk de Jong, who has endured a difficult start to his Borussia Park career, but the Swede expects the young striker to come good – providing he receives better service.

“At his former club, Twente, it was much easier for him because he had service from the flanks. But it’s different now at Gladbach,” Dahlin conceded.

“Although he has done more recently, he still needs to receive more high balls to score goals regularly.”


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